July 27, 2007
“What price medals?’: All-India Anti Terrorist Front chairman M. S. Bitta flanked by the family members of martyrs of Parliament attack addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: Anu Pushkarna
Decide soon on Afzal’s hanging’
NEW DELHI: All-India Anti Terrorist Front chairman M. S. Bitta on Friday demanded a time-bound decision by the Union Government on the hanging of Afzal Guru, prime accused in the terrorist attack on Parliament on December 13, 2001.
Addressing a press conference, Mr. Bitta said: “The bravery medals awarded to members of the victims’ families have been returned, yet the Government has not taken a decision on the matter. This is highly unfortunate considering the supreme sacrifice made by those while defending Parliament.”
Outlining the AITF’s agenda after the new President enters Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mr. Bitta said: “After a week of the new President being sworn in, we will seek an appointment and express our demand for Afzal’s hanging by December. Or else we would request the President to keep the returned bravery medals in the National Museum so that the next generation knows how the sacrifices of the brave soldiers who saved the symbol of our democracy were mocked at by the Government. We would also file public interest litigation in court, demanding a law to prevent appeal files of such cases from landing in the hands of politicians.”
Family members of the victims of the terrorist attack also attended the conference and voiced their demand for Afzal’s hanging. Prem Yadav, widow of J. P. Yadav who died in the attack, said: “We are confident that the final decision will be in our favour and finally we will get justice with Afzal’s hanging. We will not step back from our demand and let the sacrifice given by my husband go waste.”
“Even if the decision is not made in our favour, I will not think twice before letting my 10-year-old son join the Delhi police and defend our motherland just like his late father,” she added.
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ NEW DELHI: Families of those killed in the 2001 Parliament attack flayed the Shiv Sena, on Friday, having criticised President APJ Abdul Kalam with whom death-row prisoner Mohd Afzal had filed a mercy petition.
They told a news conference, organised by All India Anti-Terrorist Front chief M S Bitta, that it was the government that they said had to be blamed for delaying the execution of Afzal in connection with the case.
"We have no grudge whatsoever against Kalam. We condemn those who have criticised him. In fact, he has been quite helpful whenever we have gone to meet him," Ganga Devi, widow of constable Nanak Chand, remarked. She demanded the victims' families, however, demanded that the government deal with the case in a time-bound manner and execute Afzal before December 13 this year.
"The Shiv Sena's criticism of Kalam is condemnable," Sardar Singh, father of slain head constable Om Prakash, said. Bitta, who has been leading the campaign against Afzal's mercy petition, said the families would move the Supreme Court if the government recommends to the new President that the Parliament attack convict be granted clemency.
"As the case is, the pressure would be high on the next president to attend to the issue on a top-priority basis," he remarked and referred to a similar petition from a Punjab militant facing death sentence in connection with a 1993 bomb attack on him. Jayawati, widow of policeman Vijender Singh, praised Kalam saying he had been quite helpful to the families of the attack victims.
Bitta; Rajiv Gandhi's murder was conspiracy
Thursday, 26 July 2007
AMRITSAR: Former Indian Youth Congress President and All India Anti Terrorist Front Chairman M.S. Bitta Thursday blamed nation's top intelligence agencies for the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Addressing the Press Conference here, Biita lashed at the way of functioning of Intelligence agencies which were directly accountable for reducing the security cover of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Bitta said that there was deep rooted conspiracy behind the reduction of security of Rajiv Gandhi, inspite of hard fact that his mother Indra Gandhi (former Prime Minister was also assassinated. Bitta said that security of RAjiv Gandhi was reduced by the Home Ministry on the recommendation of reports prepared by the nation's top intelligence agencies.
Bitta also put blame for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi on than Prime Minister Chandrashekhar who was at that time of prime minister of the nation.
Talking about the release of Monica Bedi Bollywood heroine, Bita described her girl friend of underworld don Abu Saleem and said she did not deserve any welcome from any part of the society on her release. Bitta also asked the masses not to accord heroic welcome to Monica Bedi as she had brought shame for the Indian nation.
However Bitta during the press conference also slammed DSGMC (Delhi Sikh Gurdwra Management Committee) President Parmajit Singh Sarna for allegedly keeping warm relations with the terrorists wanted to India and presently hiding in Pakistan.
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